It’s time to put a stop to the debate between the salad people and the sandwich people, because … you can be both a salad and a sandwich person. In fact, it’s pretty easy when the featured ingredient in your salad (or sandwich) is a super flavorful heirloom tomato. Start with this summery salad recipe and keep reading to learn how to turn it into a sandwich you’ll be excited to pack.

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

Serves 4 as an entrée or 8 as a side

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons 365 Everyday Value Organic Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes in various colors
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes in various colors
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces Whole Foods Market Fresh Mozzarella Medallions
  • 16 small basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt

First make the red wine vinaigrette. Whisk together shallots, vinegar and mustard. Whisk in olive oil until dressing slightly thickens. Season with fine sea salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Slice heirloom tomatoes into 1⁄4-inch-thick rounds and layer in desired pattern on a large platter or in a large bowl. Slice mozzarella into 1⁄4-inch-thick rounds and tuck between layered tomatoes at regular intervals. Distribute basil leaves and oregano leaves evenly atop and throughout layered tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle evenly with 1⁄4 cup of red wine vinaigrette. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

When you’re ready to build your sandwich with the leftovers, prevent the bread (we recommend ciabatta) from soaking up too much tomato juice by making the cheese the bottommost and topmost layers: Distribute half the cheese slices evenly atop the bottom slice of bread. Then layer tomatoes on top of the cheese and distribute basil and oregano leaves evenly atop the tomatoes. Sprinkle lightly with vinaigrette, a pinch of flaky sea salt and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper, then add remaining cheese. Place the remaining slice of bread on top of the sandwich. Cut sandwich into 4 even portions and serve.

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